Gerald Lee 'Gerry' Tompkins
Dec 11, 1925 - Jul 13, 2012
Gerald Lee Tompkins
Born in San Francisco, CA on December, 11, 1925 to Herman & Ruby Tompkins. At the age of 86, he passed peacefully on July 13, 2012 in Sacramento, CA, with his family by his side. He is survived by Minh, loving wife of 38 years, daughter Mai Linh, and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman & Ruby, brother Glen, and sister Juanita.
Gerry proudly and bravely served in the Marines during WWII, earning numerous combat decorations, including several Purple Hearts. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Industrial Engineering and began his career with the federal government at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. After a well-respected career of over 30 years in civil service, he retired from McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, CA. Gerry spent the next 29 years as the â€œbest stay-at-home daddy in the universeâ€ to daughter, Mai Linh. He was also a fishing aficionado, enjoying many trips to Lake Amador & Lake Camanche in CA with best friend, H.O. â€œChicâ€ Johnson.
He was a devoted husband, father, and friend, blessed with many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren whom he loved very dearly. His enduring strength, sharp wit, and compassionate heart will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The family will hold a Memorial Service at East Lawn Memorial Park at 9 am on 7/19/12, with reception to follow at 1 pm in his nieceâ€™s house in Natomas. Please share your stories and memories as we honor and celebrate his life in this online guestbook.
The Tompkins Family will plant a memorial community garden to celebrate the roots that Gerry helped to plant so deeply in our hearts. In lieu of floral arrangements, please consider sending everlasting gifts to grow such as your favorite plants, seeds, trees, and any other garden goods appropriate for Sacramento’s climate. (For more information, please e-mail email@example.com“>firstname.lastname@example.org)
He always will be loved and remembered.